Rites of Spring
The priests of Yarila and Porevit, druids, village elders, or wise women oversee the festival of sowing and fertility on the equinox. The priests bless the fields and the flocks and pray for their health and a successful harvest. The devout spread wine and sometimes lamb’s blood on the fields, and young courting couples hasten to the fields after dark to plant seeds of their own. The Spring rites are a little more dangerous in the Mharoti Empire, in the form of the Egg Festival. Dragons retreat from their usual haunts to guard their nests, while their vassals and supporters keep a week-long vigil that ends with the Hatching Day, a day of joyous celebration when young kobolds, dragonborn, wyverns, drakes, and even true dragons are said to have their first birthday. Indeed, many do hatch around this time, though rarely precisely at the spring equinox. The second day of the Rites of Spring is the Day of Misrule. On this day, a child is pronounced high priest or crowned king or queen. To celebrate the festival, a child wears a crown or full priestly regalia and makes pronouncements that adults seek to fulfill, though often the commands lead to a day of chaos and confusion. The festival is especially popular in the Seven Cities, the Magocracy of Allain, and the Grand Duchy of Dornig.